Waiting At The Amtrak Station

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Another month in the Florida Keys comes to an end and I’m waiting once again at the Amtrak again. It’s time to go home to Pennsylvania for a month. It’s become a way of life, going back and forth. I spend time with my son and two of my grandchildren and go home for a little piece and quiet and catch up on all the things I didn’t have time to do during the summer. Then I go back.

I love taking the train. I hate airports. I enjoy flying but the hassle of the airports is a turn off. I love being able to walk around or go to the dining car for a meal or the cafe car for hot or cold sandwhiches and drinks. The seats are big with lots of leg room and the restrooms are big. ( I should make a commercial!)

Right this minute I’m on my way north – been traveling for ten hours – 22 to go including a two hour layover in Philadelphia. That is my favorite stop. A huge historical building withwith  ceilings and quite a few restaurants and stores.

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I always meet interesting people. Today I met Vernita. (I took her picture before she knew I was taking it.) She said her name was biblical and she was the last of the line of women with that name.

We talked about faith – she a Christian and myself a Buddhist. I can appreciate someone who is sincere about what they believe without trying to say they are right and you are wrong.

I arrived at the station early this morning and so was she. We had a couple hours to talk – about her life and mine. She was traveling to meet up with her boyfriend who travels to job sites. Someone stole her phone at a cash register  and she was feeling vulnerablev with no way to connect. We will most likely never meet again but for a short time we were friends.

Sometimes we meet people and hit it off. We open up and talk like we’ve always known them. But maybe the next person, like the woman beside me now has no interest in sharing more than a few sentences.

What is it that draws us to some people and not others. This woman is going to New York so we’ll be traveling together until I get to Philadelphia and change trains to Harrisburg.

The train will rock me to sleep. Sunrise will be beautiful. I look forward to another great day tomorrow.

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2 Comments

  1. Great to know that you enjoy train journeys. I remember my early days here in Delhi. I used to take the trains to visit my parents once a year. It used to take me 3 days (towards one side) to reach. So practically a week was spent on train. Some of the most beautiful aspects of long-distance train journeys I experienced are (a) you have time to read and relax (b) you make good friends out of complete strangers (c) you get more close to the ground – meaning, interact with people form different cities who pass by (in India each state feels like a different country because their language, culture, newspapers, are all different) and hence have en enriched experience overall.

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    1. That is all so true. There is a benefit to every journey. Today my traveling companion’s x-husband and good friend is an author who has published quite a few books. She put him on the phone with me. He could be a good resource and he wants to know more about what I’m doing. It’s important to keep one’s eyes open along your journey. You never know who you might meet.

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